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Greg Rubin's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Beautiful California Perennials.

 Greg Rubin

Goldenrod - Solidago spp
Goldenrod bloom bright yellow in Fall at the same time as Zauschneria. Very easy perennial which spreads. Has been unjustly blamed for causing allergies (it's the ragweed, not the goldenrod!). Good late color perennial.
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Cape Sebastian Daisy - Erigeron glaucus 'Cape Sebastian'
Lavender, almost evergreen/everblooming daisies with yellow centers. Very neat in appearance and can be used as a groundcover. Tough and adaptable, will tolerate clay soils nicely. Late bloomer.
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Wayne Rodderik Fleabane - Erigeron glaucus 'Wayne Roderick'
Lavender, almost evergreen/everblooming daisies with yellow centers. Very neat in appearance and can be used as a groundcover. Tough and adaptable, will tolerate clay soils nicely. Late bloomer.
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Douglas Iris - Iris douglasiana
Evergreen shade to part shade loving iris. Great under oak trees. Very easy, clumping, incredibly beautiful flowers in early spring. Lots of colorful hybrids are available from white to lavender to mauve to brown/blue!
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Douglas Iris - Iris douglasiana

Orange Bush Monkey Flower - Mimulus aurantiacus
Free flowering with fairly long bloom cycle available in many colors. Hummingbird favorite. Drought tolerant. Look like little azaleas. [photo below is a yellow form].
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Mimulus 'Jelly Bean Yello'

Margarita Penstemon - Penstemon heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'
Easy, densly flowered, low growing penstemon with incredible blue/purple flower display. Fairly long bloom cycle from about late February to June. Good up-front color.
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Catalina California Fuchsia - Zauschneria californica 'Catalina'
All (Ghostly, Catalina, Uvas Canyon & Mexicana) become balls of fire-red from late summer through Fall. Great for late color in the native landscape. Easy, will slowly spread around, tolerates some watering. Hummingbird favorite.
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Ghostly Red California Fuchsia - Zauschneria californica 'Ghostly Red'
All (Ghostly, Catalina, Uvas Canyon & Mexicana) become balls of fire-red from late summer through Fall. Great for late color in the native landscape. Easy, will slowly spread around, tolerates some watering. Hummingbird favorite.
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Uvas Canyon California Fuchsia - Zauschneria californica 'Uvas Canyon'
All (Ghostly, Catalina, Uvas Canyon & Mexicana) become balls of fire-red from late summer through Fall. Great for late color in the native landscape. Easy, will slowly spread around, tolerates some watering. Hummingbird favorite.
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California Fuchsia - Zauschneria californica ssp. Mexicana
All (Ghostly, Catalina, Uvas Canyon & Mexicana) become balls of fire-red from late summer through Fall. Great for late color in the native landscape. Easy, will slowly spread around, tolerates some watering. Hummingbird favorite.
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About the Author
Greg Rubin, President and Founder of California’s Own Native Landscape Design, Inc. is a licensed landscape contractor (C-27 No. 717147) who has been working with California native plants since 1985. His company has designed over 700 native landscapes in Southern California. Specialties include residential, commercial, and institutional landscapes that cover an array of garden styles while providing year round appeal, low maintenance, water efficiency, rich habitat, and fire-resistance.
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